The Pitching Matchup: Adam Wainwright (0-1, 8.00 ERA) takes the mound for the Cards tonight as they look to keep their postseason alive. So far this postseason, Wainwright has been very inefficient as a pitcher, lasting only 4 1/3 his last start and needing 200 pitches collectively to get through his two postseason starts. Wainwright says that he has addressed the mechanical errors for tonight’s game and should be more effective. For the Cardinals’ sake, he needs to leave it all out on the field tonight.
The Giants are also sending out their ace, Madison Bumgarner (1-1, 1.23 ERA). This postseason, Bumgarner has looked very sharp. In he three starts he has only given up three earned runs. Tonight’s game looks very much like it could be a pitchers duel with two of the top pitchers in the National League facing off.
The Skinny: The bottom line is, the Cardinals need to win. They need to jump on Bumgarner early and not let him get into a rhythm. If they can manage to string some hits together and get the offense going, Wainwright is more than capable of keeping the San Francisco hitters at bay.